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Dying in the Twenty-First CenturyToward a New Ethical Framework for the Art of Dying Well$
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Lydia M.D. Dugdale

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780262029124

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: January 2016

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262029124.001.0001

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Hospice and Palliative Medicine’s Attempt at an Art of Dying

Hospice and Palliative Medicine’s Attempt at an Art of Dying

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Dying in the Twenty-First Century

Farr A. Curlin

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Farr Curlin takes up Latham’s argument from chapter 3 that not all deaths can be considered “good.” Curlin explores current practices of hospice and palliative medicine and shows how they both recover an art of dying and undermine the spirit of the Ars moriendi. Curlin warns that hospice and palliative medicine, as a professionalized form of caring, has adopted some practices that don’t necessarily allow for the achievement of higher values in dying—values that, as Latham shows, are necessary for the articulation of a new art of dying. Rather, Curlin suggests that hospice and palliative medicine is best practiced within medicine and under the constraints of that profession; despite a more limited role, it is within the context of medicine and its associated telos that hospice and palliative medicine can best help patients engage in the tasks of dying well.

Keywords:   Hospice, Palliative medicine, Telos, Professionalized care

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